I was the first responder to a fatal accident during an event at the Whistler Sliding Center during the Winter Olympics in 2010. Although I was well trained in a myriad of life saving techniques, I was not prepared to deal with the emotional impact sustained when those techniques were not enough. As a result of the fatality, I developed PTSD that launched me into a very costly downward spiral.
During several years of severe depression, anxiety, nightmares, and substance abuse, I lost my family, my career, and nearly my life. Pushed to my breaking point, I found salvation within. Escaping to the back-country near Lillooet, BC, I found peace and purpose in mother nature’s beauty and simplicity. Many others who have suffered from PTSD have not been so lucky. By raising awareness about this debilitating mental illness, we can help the people suffering from PTSD get the help they need.
Operation Breaking the Chains BC, is only the beginning to help bring awareness. It is my mission in life to help people who are suffering from PTSD overcome this terrible illness. Starting in 2016, I will be offering a series of week long introspective nature retreats at Camp My Way. These trips will give people suffering from PTSD an opportunity to leave their real world problems behind, and to find themselves in some of the most beautiful terrain in the world. In my experience, this has proven to be an incredibly effective method to help treat my PTSD. I am also working on organizing a cross-country speaking tour, where I will be sharing my PTSD experience with Emergency Service providers coast to coast.